Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Racking focus, part of Practical Motion Background Workshop.
For our next background, we're going to go ahead and do a simple technique, which is just a rack focus.…Now we are going to rack between in and out of focus or in this case, soft to softer focus.…Another key thing to change is going to be the actual aperture, or F stop.…This can have a dramatic impact on the overall look of the bokeh.…Now, for this particular scene we are using a very everyday object; in fact, you…probably have them in the drawer:…paperclips poured on a plastic plate. And we are just going to go ahead and rack focus here.…
Real easy. Let's begin. And I am just going to show you how we make the changes right in the camera.…So I have locked the tripod down very tight so as I am racking the camera, it's…not going to move side to side.…If things are loose, you are going to get wiggle as you start to rack and you…don't want that camera to move. So just frame up your shot and lock things down.…In this case, I've opened up my lens all the way.…I am at F 1.4, obviously the benefit of a true prime lens. But we will go to…
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- Selecting a camera
- Using a turntable to rotate your subject while you film
- Lighting the scene
- Choosing a frame rate
- Creating dancing shadows
- Shooting "through" objects
- Making a loop
- Building the composition
- Retiming clips
- Rendering the background
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. The Technique in Brief
2. Gathering Source Materials
3. Set the Stage
4. Shooting Techniques
5. Get Organized for Post
6. Creating Backgrounds with Adobe After Effects
7. Creating Backgrounds in a Nonlinear Editing Tool
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